Top 5 Reasons to Visit Mid-Wales

There are many reasons to visit Mid-Wales, here's 5 of our favourites...

It’s easy to see why Mid-Wales is a go-to holiday place for families, couples and outdoor enthusiasts.

The scenic mountains, together with miles of shoreline, pristine beaches, and seaside towns and villages where you can enjoy great food and culture, makes it an ideal location for a range of activities.

If you’re planning a trip to Mid-Wales, you won’t be stuck for fun things to see and do. Here are our top five!


1. Biking and SUP Tours

You can spend hours discovering coastline and estuaries when you hire a stand-up paddle board (SUP). Good places to visit include the harbour at the Merioneth Yacht Club in Barmouth, where you can also hire SUPs.

Similarly, pedalling along quiet lanes and coastal roads allows you to explore parts of the area that you might not access if travelling by car.

For bike hire, try the Mawddach estuary, where a range of bikes, including e-bikes, tandems, tag-alongs and child trailers are available for hire. Some maps show easy routes, working up to challenging for those who like to push their pace and muscles.


2. Hiking and Trail Running

There is no doubt that Mid-Wales is a haven for walkers and runners.

One of the best places to hit the trail is the Wales Coast Path, a long-distance route that follows the entire coastline. It offers incredible views, and miles of habitat for plants, animals and birds.

Snowdonia National Park is a popular place for hikers, and home to challenging mountains such as Mount Snowdon and Cadair Idris, which is regarded as having one of the most challenging trails in Wales. This is a perfect location for hikers and trail runners looking for a little extra challenge.


3. Surfing and Boat Trips

The sea breezes along this stretch of coast make it ideal for a variety of water sports activities, such as sailing, surfing and fishing.

Barmouth Beach is the ideal location for surfing, with surf hire available, as well as heading further north to Porth Neigwl, Traeth Llyndan, Porth Oer and Porth Trecastell.


4. History and Culture

This part of Wales is rich in history and has a vast number of interesting places to visit.

Castles were once a symbol of wealth and power, and visiting them takes you back to another era in time. Some of the best castles to see are Harlech and Criccieth castles.

Barmouth Heritage Trail brings a fascinating insight into the people of the land, and some of the earliest records of communities that called this place home. You can also learn about the rich, maritime history of the area.


5. Golf courses

If you like a round of golf, you will love this part of Wales! The scenic views and ever-changing winds make this one of the top places to play.

The best golf clubs include Royal St David’s which is set among rolling sand dunes and has spectacular views of the Snowdonia mountain range. Porthmadog is another special club, established in 1905 and designed by leading course designer, James Braid. The front nine holes overlook beautiful heathland, while the back nine bring beautiful views of the Cardigan Bay coastline and Snowdonia.


When you stay at Sarnfaen holiday park, you will be able to enjoy many outdoor activities and make magical memories that will last you a lifetime. Book your stay with us today!

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